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[koh-kee-nuh] /koʊˈki nə/
Also called pompano, butterfly-shell clam. a small clam, Donax variabilis, abundant in the intertidal zone of eastern and southern U.S. coastal beaches, having fanlike bands of various hues, the paired empty shells often spread in a butterfly shape.
any similar clam, especially of the genus Donax.
a soft, whitish rock made up of fragments of marine shells and coral, used as a building material.
Origin of coquina
1830-40, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, shellfish, equivalent to Old Spanish coc(a) shellfish (< Latin concha; see conch) + -ina -ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coquina
  • The fort was constructed from a type of limestone called coquina.
  • However, coquina's porosity turned out to have an unexpected benefit.
  • The deteriorated coquina is being replaced by stone taken from a location near where the fort's original coquina was quarried.
  • Deposits made mostly of animal shells may form limestone, coquina, or chert.
  • coquina must be quarried and that requires a substantial amount of time, planning and knowledge.
  • Note the solid stone blocks of coquina that make up these walls and how they were set together.
British Dictionary definitions for coquina


a soft limestone consisting of shells, corals, etc, that occurs in parts of the US
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: shellfish, probably from concha shell, conch
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coquina in Science
A soft porous limestone, composed of shells and fragments of shell and coral that are partially cemented by material that is high in calcium carbonate and has not completely hardened.
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